Amazon's Alexa Isn't Working For Most of the Country

Senior Manager of Alexa AI leaves to become Technical Director of AI at Google Cloud

Cultural context is the hardest part of speaking a foreign language. Amazon's Alexa could change that

While the company has yet to issue any kind of official notice or response, reports on the internet from all over the world indicate that Alexa is very incredibly delayed answering questions or is unable to connect to the network to respond at all.

"The cross-culture, cross-language piece is going to be big for Amazon and Alexa, and it has a lot of potential", said a source familiar with the plans.

For example, if a user from the U.S.is only capable of speaking English but he is at an event in Japan, Alexa will be able to help that user hold a conversation in Japanese. It would ideally have an understanding of Japanese culture as well and would incorporate that knowledge into its translations. However, this only works for short sentences and words. If Amazon is able to bring that to Alexa, its translation feature may become more useful in real-time moments, as pointed out by Mashable.

Down Detector reported a huge spike in the number of people reporting problems with the digital assistant, the brain in some of Amazon's connected home products like the Echo smart speaker, starting at 9:39 am ET. Like with the Pixel Buds, Bragi's own device wasn't met with much success, as pointed out by The Verge.

"To truly realize that vision, you'll want a number of things: you'll want to have it everywhere, be able to talk to it from anywhere, be able for it to do all of the things you would want an intelligent assistant do for you, and ultimately do it in a very conversational way", Amazon Vice President of Alexa, Al Lindsay, told Yahoo Finance in an interview a year ago. All of this is probably tied to ongoing troubles with Amazon Web Services - many apps that depend on AWS have experienced downtime earlier today.

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